November 22nd prompt for the challenge – How important are book covers in getting you to read a book?
We seem to be continuing the book theme today which makes this reader a happy camper. There are two answers to this question.
If we’re talking about an author who I already know and love, you could put a pile of dog poo on the cover and I’ll buy the book. Once I have built a relationship with an author’s work, especially if we are talking about a series where I have gotten to know the main characters well, I will automatically trust that this pile of poo has deep meaning to the book. With the authors who I love the most, I usually know the title of their next book and its release date long before I see any cover art and have it on my list of “wants” so the cover art is really beside the point.
|My latest "want" that has been fulfilled|
With authors who I have never read before, cover art is just about everything. Sometimes I’ll take an interest in a new author when I read a review of their latest book online or in a magazine but, more often than not, I find someone new while perusing the shelves at the book store.
I’ll walk into the store and start with the shelves of newly released paperbacks. I first scan the shelves for authors I know then I slow down and scan a second time looking more closely at the book covers and titles. Anything that catches my eye is picked up and the back cover description is read. Once I have finished with that set of shelves, I move on to the shelves elsewhere in the store. If I’m in the big downtown Chapters or Indigo, I could easily be there for an hour or more (okay, usually more….)
I have found many books that I’ve enjoyed very much using this method as well as getting hooked on new mystery and suspense series. I literally have a whole list of authors whose next new book I am on the lookout for.